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(details from "Asclepio tipo Giustini ( Aesculapius or Esculapius )") Roman replica of a IV c. original - from the Isola Tiberina - Farnese Collection Museo Archeologico Nationale, Naples, Italy

this sandal is a testimony not only to the skill of the artisan of this statue but of the skills of sandal makers of the time. More symbolically, physicians make "rounds" - not alone but in company of the "staff" - the emblem of which is the Aesculapian "staff" supporting one snake - an emblem of knowledge and that the truth is single. 

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